About Youth Leadership Broward

Youth Leadership Broward (YLB), a program of Leadership Broward Foundation (LBF), is a nine-month program that provides an opportunity for students to gain real-life experiences through interactions with community leaders from businesses, government agencies, and civic organizations; develop essential leadership skills such as team building, conflict resolution, time management, public speaking and goal setting; and impact the community through an ongoing service project throughout the year. Each year, fifty-five current high school sophomores from across Broward County are selected to participate in this program during their junior year.


Applications are open to all current sophomores attending a Broward County public or private high school who meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstrate leadership in their schools and/or community
  • Have an interest in enhancing their leadership skills and knowledge of Broward County
  • Receive approval by a high school principal and/or guidance counselor

Time Commitment (See Calendar of Dates below)

  • Attend program orientation, opening retreat, leadership day, and graduation day and evening
  • Attend at least four (4) of the six (6) monthly program days which take place on school days from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Participate in a mandatory ongoing community service project outside of YLB and school hours

Student Benefits

  • Develop leadership and communication skills
  • Get a backstage pass to Broward County
  • Receive up to 30 community service hours
  • Build resume and college application
  • Interact with business and community leaders
  • Meet diverse group of peers from different schools

The cost of the program is $800 and covers all program costs including bus transportation and lunch on each of the days. Financial aid is available based on need. A $25 application fee is due at time of submitting the application.  If not accepted the $25 application fee will be refunded.  Final payment must be paid in full by May 14, 2021.

How to Apply
The YLB program application and additional information can be found HERE. Contact Thao Le, Leadership Programs Coordinator, at (954) 767-8866 or apply@leadershipbroward.org with any questions.

Calendar of Dates

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Opening Retreat*
Friday, August 13, 2021
Saturday, August 14, 2021

Program Days
All program days are scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Meeting locations will be different each day within Broward County.
Dates and times are subject to change.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 – Culture, Arts and History Day
Thursday, October 14, 2021 – Government and Education Day
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 – Business and Media Day
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 – Criminal Justice Day
Saturday, January 8, 2022 – Leadership Day
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 – Health & Human Services Day
Friday, March 4, 2022 – Environment Day

Friday, April 1, 2022
Afternoon – Community Project Presentations
Evening – Commencement Ceremony


Community Projects

All students are required to participate in a monthly community service project with a small group of YLB classmates outside of YLB days and after school hours. Students can earn up to 30 hours of community service throughout the year.


Youth Leadership Broward Makes a Difference
By Maria Moncaliano, YLB XXVI

I entered Youth Leadership Broward (YLB) as the only student from my school. I did not know any other person in the program.YLB is more than just a high school program. It is life changing. I am not the same person I was in the beginning of my junior year. All of
those once-in-a-lifetime experiences changed me for the better and have prepared me for what is to come. In doing so, the program exposed me to a group of intelligent, hardworking students and adults who were willing to share their experiences. We all learned
from each other and have built lasting friendships. Personally, my most meaningful YLB experience was being in a community project group.

Serving as a role model and teaching leadership skills to elementary school students at the YMCA was rewarding. It was a testament to the impact a person could have on someone’s life just by listening and showing interest in their well-being. Every program day was special and every day I changed. I grew into a different person, a person that could take the dedication and passion that has always been a part of me and combine it with a newfound  awareness of everything that I could commit that dedication to. Suddenly, I felt like I could create a fundraiser, start a non-profit, make a speech, and work with people that, initially, I was not aware I could approach. I became cognizant of all of the places in Broward County that had a need and my mind was suddenly geared to fabricate a solution.  YLB gave me the tools I needed to become the leader I aspired to be. I am eternally grateful to
the program and am excited to continue to contribute to its success as well as the overall success of the Leadership Broward Foundation.

Class XXVI…Makes a Difference!